Minister Champai Soren at Project Building, Ranchi, on Thursday. Telegraph picture
Ranchi, Oct. 17: The state transport department today launched a new website that is expected to go a long way in increasing transparency and boosting revenue collection.
Also, the department is all set to introduce an SMS service for better customer services.
Unveiling the website at Project Building, state transport minister Champai Soren said now citizens could access all information about their vehicles at the click of a mouse.
“The SMS service will be launched within a few days. The new system will help vehicle owners get updated status of their road permits and pay taxes in time,” he said.
Moreover, the minister added, under the new arrangement, people would no more face any harassment during vehicle checking drives even if they weren’t carrying all valid documents.
Motor vehicle inspectors on duty or the vehicle owners themselves will be able to secure necessary information on the road through SMSes.
“This, in turn, will help us keep tabs on corrupt officials. Giving a clean administration is our main motto,” he said.
Further, the new system would help check sale-purchase of stolen vehicles.
“Before buying a second-hand car, one can easily verify its owner’s name and other details through this new website. It will indicate if a car is stolen or not,” he explained.
Transport secretary Mast Ram Meena said the department was set to launch a new scheme to reward whistleblowers.
“If some one informs us about a particular vehicle that has not paid its due tax or its road permit tenure has expired, a certain portion of the tax amount recovered from the erring vehicle’s owner will be given to the informer. The modalities have almost been finalised and this scheme will be launched soon,” he added.
He said the revised tax structures and transport fees were notified today. The revised slabs are functional with immediate effect.
Notably, transport unions had earlier warned of an indefinite strike after steep hikes in different taxes were announced. The strike was postponed when chief minister Hemant Soren intervened.